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billion in budget cuts set to begin in just eight days. on the same day, the pentagon outlined plan toes furlough some 800,000 civilian workers to save money. these interviews are part of the white house strategy to blame potential job losses on the gop. >> instead of us cutting education, instead of us cutting the mental health programs, instead of us affecting military readiness and a whole range of other things that are important to our security and prosperity, we should be focused on programs that we know don't work, waste in government, and some of these tax loopholes that we could close that frankly benefit the well off and well connected. >> now, congress isn't in session this week. it isn't expected to reach a deal by the march 1st deadline to prevent the sequester. so, ideal, the physical mini cliff continues. >>> david einhorn is taking his case against apple directly to the company's shareholders. he's seeking an injunction to get rid of a system to issue pressed stock. einhorn will hold a conference call with investors today, an interesting move and one that's seeing apple sh
consequences. the incident took place near disputed islands on january 30 but took time to verify. the pentagon says both sides ought to avoid any acts that might spark conflict. >>> meanwhile, china is promising to make sweeping tax reforms to narrow the rich/poor suicide. plans approved by china -- divide. plans approved by china says the rich might pay more. in companies, taxes could rise 20% by 2015. there's talk of giving savers a better return. it's for tilting toward more consumption than investment spending. >>> an expected pickup in china is giving a reason to be more optimistic after a challenging 2012. the company said the net loss widened to nearly $4 billion in the fourth quarter last year. but the biggest steelmaker by volume expects profits to pick up amidst improving conditions. in china alone the company sees the steel market growing 3%. and the stock up 2% as a result. >>> and syngenta trades are lower today. the company reported full-year net profit of $1.8 billion. that was ahead of a reuters forecast. it expects another record sales year citing strong commodity prices. so w
's not going to be any opportunity to cut pentagon spending in any serious way if you don't go over the cliff. so there is some stuff in there that i as a democrat don't like. but i think everybody's going to put something in the pot in order to balance the deficit. we did a lousy job in january on the tax side and i hope that -- i think it's better to go over the cliff than do a lousy job -- >> how many people do you know on your side of the field who actually agree with you? >> very few. look they're politicians. they want to spend as much money as they possibly can and they don't want to pay for it. >> who agrees with you? >> oh, i don't know. i bet -- oh, god, joe agrees with me. >> you forgot. the other thing, howard, and i'm just alluding to it, there will be no return to the bush era tax rates on anyone under $400,000? >> right. >> okay. so take that amount of money, whatever that is per year. how much do you need -- how many loopholes do you need to close? what is the marginal rate have to be on people above 400 to replace that potential revenue? it's 100%, isn't it? >> but i don't --
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